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I am wondering why Light Room Classic does not have a levels adjustment available. I think it would be really useful. There's a tone curve adjustment, but I find I have to switch to Photoshop for levels. Is it just me, or am I missing something?
I find that the tools in LrC are very similar to Levels in Ps... see the screen shot for options 1. you can click and drag the Histogram in three areas for Shadows, Exposure and Hightlights or 2. use the 4 Regions in the Tone Curve....
Thanks for the reply Geoff - much appreciated. I am aware of your explaination, but don't find it as precise as the levels adjustment in Photoshop. Thanks again for taking the time to reply
Shift double-click on Blacks and Whites to get an Auto Levels equivalent
Thanks for that Sean - really helpful. Much appreciated
Lightroom/ACR processing controls are image adaptive. The effect of adjustments depends on image content. For instance, you cant easily hard clip highlights with the standard sliders. They will always try to preserve the highlights from blowing out.
In other words, there are no fixed numbers to work from. So Levels as seen in Photoshop couldn't work as a standard slider.
There is one exception, and that's Tone Curve, (set to point curve, not parametric curve). That is absolute, not image adaptive. You can in fact use that in the same way as Levels by dragging the endpoints. There's no midpoint gamma slider obviously, but you can read the numbers.
Yes, I suppose it should be possible to add a Photoshop-style Levels control, given that Tone Curve already exists. The question is, do people miss it enough. Time and votes will tell. Personally I feel no need for it.